If you’re here, chances are you’re about to get married. For that, congratulations! We know that this planning stage can be a hectic time, what with a million and one things you have to decide on, prepare for, and purchase. Thinking about the gifts to put on your wedding registry is probably at the bottom of your to-do list right now.
But hear us out for a second: you deserve a break. And what better way to unwind than to think about the things you want to receive on your wedding day? Of course, there are lots of things to cover, from the basics like kitchen supplies to something more selfless like a cash donation fund. So, we’ve listed down three categories to consider when choosing what to put on your wedding registry.
1. The Home Gifts
Home gifts dominate the wedding registry list of soon-to-be-married couples, and for good reason. Going the “wish list” route is an efficient way to furnish your new home or, if you have already been cohabitating, to ask for things you need but don’t have yet.
Make sure to cover your kitchen essentials, dining ware, bed and bathroom stuff, as well as a few things to furnish your living room with. You can ask for a new set of silverware or personalized wine glasses for your kitchen and dining needs, a comfy weighted blanket or monogrammed pillowcases for your bedroom, and electronics or pieces of art for your living room.
2. The Miscellaneous Gifts
Do you have a friend who does calligraphy? Maybe they wouldn’t mind designing your wedding invitations. Maybe your sister is a photographer. Now, you don’t have to hire one to document your big day. These are examples of skills-based gifts that you can ask of your guests.
Miscellaneous gifts can also be DIY or personalized ones. Maybe you and your spouse-to-be love to hike. Then, you can ask for unique gifts from Phoenix that are themed around the Camelback Mountain. You can also ask for something to commemorate the day you met, first kissed, or got engaged with things like star maps.
If you and your partner have a passion that requires equipment you can’t spare cash for, add them to the registry. Need new camera lenses? Been eyeing a new set of paintbrushes? Your nearest and dearest will appreciate you putting them on your registry because they know these things will bring you more joy than the food processor they were meaning to buy.
3. Monetary Gifts
According to online wedding resource The Knot, more and more couples are listing cash funds in their wedding registries. The Knot’s 2019 Wedding Registry Study shows that 20 percent of couples in the U.S. asked for cash funds for their future. If you’re going this route, you can use the money to fund your honeymoon or close the deal on a house you and your spouse have been eyeing.
As an alternative, you can also ask for donations to your favorite charity instead. Your guests can donate on behalf of you. As a result, you and your guests will be doing great deeds in the name of love.
Coming up with items and experiences you want to have for your wedding registry doesn’t have to be stressful. Treat it like shopping, except you’re not going to pay for anything!